Aims. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of an Interactive Computerized Psycho-Education System on patients suffering from depression and to compare the use of an Interactive Computerized Psycho-Education System vs. traditional pamphlet education approach. Background. Depression management depends on pharmacological treatment and psychotherapy and on appropriate and timely patient education. Whilst multimedia learning concepts have been applied in areas such as education, this approach has not been widely used in psychiatric outpatient departments. Design and method. A preliminary pre and post quasi-experimental design with patients with depression was employed at an hospital. Participants in the experimental group (n = 19) received an Interactive Computerized Psycho-Education System intervention programme (Interactive Computerized Psycho-Education System and the educational manual). Participants in the control group (n = 13) were exposed only to the traditional pamphlet education approach (consultation from psychiatrists and information sheets). Primary outcome was depression knowledge scores. Secondary outcomes were scores on the Compliance Behaviour Assessment Scale. Results. In the experimental group (n = 19), the time spent working on the Interactive Computerized Psycho-Education System was about 30-180 minutes per session, with an average of 67 minutes. Participants in the experimental group had a considerably decreased incidence of medication non-compliance compared with participants in the control group. Knowledge scores of the experimental group ranged from 30-100, with an average score of 74.7. Conclusion. The Interactive Computerized Psycho-Education System is acceptable and may be as more effective than a traditional education approach to achieve adherence to medications for depression. Relevance to clinical practice. Compared with a traditional approach, the combination of the Interactive Computerized Psycho-Education System and a nursing-consulting clinic may assist patients with depression to achieve and maintain better medication compliance in addition to improving their knowledge of depression.
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